New Jersey girl missing for more than 20 days after going missing at local grocery store
Jashyah Moore disappeared on the morning of October 14 as she walked to a neighborhood grocery store near her home in East Orange, Police Chief Phyllis Bindi told reporters. Surveillance footage from the deli shows a man paying for his items at the store, but they did not leave together. The man in the footage is cooperating fully with police, and there is no indication of foul play at this time, Bindi said.
Moore’s mother pleaded for anyone with information about the girl’s whereabouts to share it immediately.
“Jashyah is a smart girl, I can’t say it enough,” said Jamie Moore. “She wouldn’t stay outside, she wouldn’t go out, wouldn’t go out with anybody.”
“I can’t imagine what she could go through being away from us for so long, away from her family who love her very much,” she continued.
The Essex County Sheriff’s Office, which works in conjunction with East Orange Police, is offering a reward of $ 10,000 for any information leading to Jashyah’s location and her safe return. The Federal Bureau of Investigations and the New Jersey State Police are also assisting in the case.
City officials have asked the community for any help they can, calling it a community effort to bring Jashyah home. Essex County Acting District Attorney Theodore Stephens II also stressed how important it is to keep speaking out about this case so that it remains in the public eye.
“It reminds us that the lives of little black and brunette girls are just as important as everyone’s lives,” Stephens said. “And we know that Gabby Petito, which is a very, very notorious case that’s been in the news all the time, has delivered results and information. So we hope that today’s effort also brings information so that we can find young Jashyah. ”
While cases of missing white women have received more attention and urgency, people of color are disappearing at a disproportionate rate. Blacks make up 35% of missing person reports but only 13% of the U.S. population, according to 2020 FBI data. Meanwhile, whites make up 54% of missing person reports and 76% of the US population.
Jashyah’s mother described her as a homebody who enjoys playing video games and cooking. She is also the best friend of her little brother, with whom she constantly plays, she added.